ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
February 20, 2008
Haase Upsets No. 6 seed Murray; Hewitt Falls
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Robin HaaseDutch wild card Robin Haase (pictured) created a big upset at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Wednesday when he knocked out No. 6 seed and Marseille champion Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3.
Haase converted on his third set point in the 12th game of the first set, with a forehand return winner sealing a one set lead. The Dutchman then broke in the eighth game of the second set with a backhand return winner before closing out the match after one hour and 28 minutes on his first match point with a forehand winner.
It is World No. 94 Haase’s second victory over a Top 10 player and gives him a 2-1 career record. His previous victory came against Tomas Berdych at ATP Masters Series Montreal last year. The 20-year-old began the year with a quarterfinal in Chennai, where he defeated World No. 16 Marcos Baghdatis in the first round before losing to Marin Cilic. He backed that up at the Australian Open where he qualified into the main draw before defeating World No. 19 Ivan Ljubicic in the first round (l. to Grosjean in 2nd RD). He now improves to 4-2 for the season.